Coping with Pain & Illness
There are lots of reasons why people may find it helpful to speak to a psychologist if they have a health condition.
Below are some of the common thoughts and worries people share with me about having a medical condition.
"When will this go away?"
"How am I going to live with this for the rest of my life?"
"Am I going to have to live with this for the rest of my life?"
"Will I be able to go to university/get a job/have a relationship?"
Adapting and adjusting to any health condition can be really hard. For some, it might be a relief to finally get a diagnosis, while others may not be happy with the diagnosis or others may not be given one at all. Either way, this can lead to a lot of uncertainty that can make living with illness difficult.
Our relationship with our physical health and illness may change over time. At times illness can be at the forefront of our lives and take over, while at other times it may seem like one aspect of a much bigger picture of who we are.
Sometimes people like to talk and think about their medical journey and the impact that has had on their life and or what it’s like to live with a condition on a daily basis or the way in which it has changed how they feel about their body. It can also help people think about:
Their relationship with their health condition as well as all of the other important aspects that make them who they are.
How to live alongside a health condition if it’s going to continue to be there.
Hopes and dreams and goals for the future.
Ensuring that a health condition has the smallest impact possible on our lives.